We just bought a new car, and it came with the new style of smart keys.
I gotta say, I hate the things. In addition to being “smart” it includes the remote in the key head, which is now the size of an old car remote. No more taking only the key, and having a small key ring.
As I was being warned “Don’t lose that key, it will cost you $100+ to replace,” I started wondering if they are really just a way for the car dealers/manufacturers to make more money. Instead of going to the local hardware store, and getting a new set of keys for $5 each, I now have to go to the dealer and pay $100+ each.
But does have the new keys lowered the theft rate? If they did, I would expect to see a discount on my car insurance because of them, I get a discount for having airbags and a car alarm. Yet I see no “Smart Key” discount listed.
So, money grab or theft prevention?